The purpose of this research was to evaluate the effects of adding calcium anacardate as a source of anacardic acid in the diet of broiler chickens on performance, carcass characteristics, meat quality and lipid stability of the meat. A total of 840 one-day-old male chicks with initial body weights of 47.99 ± 0.81 g, were distributed in a completely randomised design with six treatments and seven replications of 20 birds each. The treatments applied were: diet with no growth promoter; diet with growth promoter; and four diets with no growth promoter but with the addition of calcium anacardate at levels of 0.25, 0.50, 0.75 and 1%. As a result of this study the feed intake was not significantly affected by the treatments in any of the studied periods. The addition of calcium anacardate from 1 to 21 days of age starting at 0.75% reduced weight gain and worsened feed conversion,...

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